Section 504/ADA Grievance Procedure
A person may file a complaint with the ADA Coordinator if a person believes that Edgewood College has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of Section 504 or the ADA in some way or in some manner has been discriminated on the basis of a disability. The complaint will be reviewed by the ADA Grievance Committee.
1. Informal Procedure
The person who believes he/she has a valid basis for complaint shall discuss the concern with the ADA Coordinator for employees or with the Director of Student Accessibility and Disability Services for students, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply to the complaint in writing within ten (10) business days. If this reply is not acceptable to the complainant, he/she may initiate formal procedures according to the steps listed in section G2.
2. Formal Grievance Procedure
Step 1: A written statement of the grievance shall be prepared by the complainant (student or employee) and signed. This grievance shall be filed with the Human Resources office or the ADA Coordinator for employees or the Director of Student Accessibility and Disability Services for students within ten (10) business days of receipt of the written reply to the informal complaint. The ADA Grievance Committee shall further investigate the matter of the grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within fifteen (15) business days.
Step 2: If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the ADA Grievance Committee, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the President of Edgewood College within five (5) business days after receipt of the ADA Grievance Committee response to the grievance. The President or his/her designee shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the grievance within ten (10) business days.
Any student or employee who invokes the right to grieve the policy will not be retaliated against, during or after the grievance process.
The ADA Grievance Committee will consist of 3-5 individuals knowledgeable in the area related to the disability and the grievance.